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Adenauer Stresses Full Implementation of Reparations Pact

Dr. Konrad Adenauer, the West German Chancellor, observed the tenth anniversary of the signing of the German-Israel Reparations Agreement in 1952, in a statement today declaring he felt the pact had furnished “a solid basis for steadily improving relations between the German people and the Jews. “

“I am satisfied, ” he asserted, in a special message published in the Governments official Bulletin, “that the German Federal Republic has implemented the obligation it assumed 10 years ago. “

A number of the country’s leading newspapers, noting the anniversary, declared editorially that it is regrettable that there are as yet no formal diplomatic relations between west Germany and Israel. The Staatsanzeiger, of Cologne, expressed the hope that “this diplomatic twilight will soon be removed, unperturbed by the bluff and threats of the Arab world.”